Hills above Cairncastle attract more movie makers as ‘Northman’ film set is constructed

The film set near Cairncastle .Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

A SECTION of the Antrim hills is developing a reputation as a ‘go-to’ location for film-makers.

A set for the film ‘Northman’ has been constructed in the Sallagh Braes area above Cairncastle outside Larne.

The area was previously used for some scenes in Game of Thrones.

Pictures have emerged of a site where a Viking revenge blockbuster starring Nicole Kidman is set to be filmed.

The site is playing host to a crew setting up the site in preparation for filming of The Northman.

The film is set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century and is also expected to star brothers Alexander and Bill Skarsgård and Emma actress Anya Taylor-Joy.

Director Robert Eggers, also the director of The Lighthouse in cinemas earlier this year, will also welcome actor William Defoe as part of his cast.

A number of dwellings and lighting can be seen in the images, where the Hollywood stars are expected to film.

In February, a film set was erected in the scenic and remote location of Torr Head near Cushendun which was then closed off to the public.

The Northman is the latest film in a series of Northern Ireland productions after the success of Game of Thrones over the past decade.

The Lighthouse was shot in black and white but Mr Eggers said in February that this would not be the case for The Northman.

“The movie is too expensive [for that]” he said in an interview with entertainment website Collider.

Belfast film producer Mark Huffam, who was one of the figures behind bringing Game of Thrones to Northern Ireland, is also on board as a producer of The Northman.

  • Pictures: Steven McAuley, McAuley Multimedia.



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